JURY

Alan Yap

Independent Director of Photography

Alan Yap is a multi-award-winning Director of Photography, with experience across different genres and regions. Such exposure has further honed his craft and each experience further develops a maturity and unique eye. Demand for Alan’s services has seen him work extensively in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia among other countries. A thirst for learning and always putting his best into each of his works keeps him highly motivated with a strong sense of humility.

Alex Oh

Film Composer/Music Producer, White Noise Music Pte Ltd

Alex Oh is a film composer, music producer and pianist. Since 2001, he has composed music for 17 feature films, 4 TV dramas and numerous TV/Radio commercials jingles. His philosophy to scoring is telling the story of the film through music. In his career, he has scored many award-winning features, ranging from comedy, family-oriented, action films like 1965 (2015), Taxi!Taxi! (2013), My Dog Dou Dou (2012), Imperfect (2012), It’s A Great Great World (2011) to darker films like Bait 3D (2012), Rule #1 (2008) and The Maid (2005). He was nominated for Best Original Music Score from Asian Television Awards in 2004 for TV Series, The Frontline.

David Chua

Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Council / Chairman, *SCAPE Co. Ltd

David Chua is the National Youth Council’s (NYC) first Chief Executive Officer since its restructuring in January 2015 to include Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) and Youth Corps Singapore. He is also concurrently the Chairman of *SCAPE. NYC is the national agency to coordinate holistic youth development and partners a variety of organisations to ensure that our youth have the opportunities to be confident, resilient and to take ownership of Singapore’s future. Prior to joining NYC, David served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for about 20 years. His more interesting jobs saw him working in Indonesia for three years across 27 provinces as an Army Attaché, partnering Dim Sum Dollies’ Selena Tan to curate the 2013 National Day Parade Show, and safeguarding the ‘little red dot’ from external security threats when he was in Joint Operations.

Ervin Han

Co-Founder, Robot Playground Media

With over 15 years’ experience in the telecoms and media industry and having produced and directed animated TV series, web series, short films and commercials, Ervin is a passionate storyteller with a desire to see more Asia-centric animated stories brought to life. Having spent most part of a decade working on animation aimed predominantly at a western market, he co-founded Robot Playground Media with the focus on creating more animated content with a distinct Asian and regional flavour. He created Singapore’s first prime-time animated series, ‘Heartland Hubby’ and the award-winning animated short, ‘The Violin’. His animated anthology, ‘TimeScapes’ will be released in 2017 and his studio is currently developing its first animated feature film.

Gary Goh

Director, Content and Business Development Management, mm2 Entertainment Pte Ltd

A media practitioner of 14 years, Gary Goh started his career at MTV Asia & Nickelodeon in 2002 managing the licensing & merchandising of MTV and Nickelodeon brand properties. In 2005, Gary joined Zhao Wei Films producing films & TV commercials for directors like Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Brian Gothong Tan and Boo Junfeng. The films that Gary produced have traveled to international film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Pusan and many others. In 2014, he joined mm2 Entertainment as Director for Content & Partnership Development. Together with the team at mm2, he continues to drive movie projects, develop initiatives to discover new filmmakers and bridge new business opportunities and partnerships. To date, he has produced a total of 12 full-length feature films and numerous TV commercials.

Jocelyn Little

Managing Director, Beach House Pictures Pte Ltd

As one of the founding partners of BHP, Jocelyn oversees company operations and international coproductions, forging partnerships with global brands that include Nat Geo, Discovery, A&E Networks, Lonely Planet, Fox International Channel, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and BBC Worldwide. In 2013 Jocelyn spearheaded BHP’s expansion into four divisions including Beach House Pictures (factual), Beach House Kids (children’s TV), Beach House Entertainment (reality formats) and Beach House Studios (apps, design and animation) which has seen BHP grow to one of the largest independent production companies in Asia. Jocelyn is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is on the panel of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) system.

Kenneth Goh

Director, Business & Development, Monstrou Studio Pte Ltd

Kenneth co-leads the team at Monstrou Studio, a producer and distributor of original contents with capabilities in both live-action TV and 3D animation as well as its own Motion capture capabilities. Since joining Monstrou Studio in 2010, Kenneth has produced titles that connect with audience world-wide; such as Halal Galore – China a food travelogue; the widely-received Salam Ramadhan series on how Muslims around the world observe the Muslim holy month as well as Hands of Love, a talk show for first-time parents, and most recently in 2015 for Singapore Stories: Wild Cards, a documentary for Discovery Asia, amongst others.

Rennie Gomes

Managing Director, Yellow Box Studios

Best known for his edgy, experimental grooves and unconventional methods, Rennie has won several international awards for his creative sound design and Music. Over the last 2 years Rennie has worked on international productions with Netflix on Marco Polo and more recently on HBO’s Halfworld’s Season 1 & 2. 2015 also saw Rennie’s work on the HBO horror/thriller TV series ‘Grace’ win in the category of best Sound Design in the Regional 2015 Apollo Awards.

In late 2009 he spearheaded Yellow Box Studios’ most adventurous venture to date – Building Singapore’s first Dolby Certified Film Mixing facility and a Film Scoring stage to cater for their increasing regional film clientele. Other than films, His award winning advertising credits include 8 D&AD nominations one of which for producing and co directing a music video and another for sound design plus a Bronze in The Singapore Creative Circle Awards 2007 for his music composition on “Missing”. Rennie has also worked with pronounced directors like Emmy Award winner Robert Chappel, Asia’s film stalwart Eric Khoo and awarded director Royston Tan. 2015’s highly acclaimed Singapore Collaborative film 7 Letters had his hand in sound designing Royston’s piece and 5.1 mixing the entire film for Dolby Cinema release.

Lee Thean-Jeen

Managing Director, Weiyu Films

Thean-jeen is one of the most prolific and acclaimed writer-directors working in the Singapore independent production industry today. His career began with AlterAsians (2000/01), an anthology series adapted from short stories of Singapore writers. One episode, Iris’ Rice Bowl won Best Single Drama or Telemovie at the 2000 Asian Television Awards (ATV). Another drama series, The Singapore Short Story Project (2003/04/07) won Best Drama Series at the ATV in 2003. Thean-jeen’s other television work includes the highly-acclaimed legal drama The Pupil and its popular spin-off Code of Law. His first feature film was the top-grossing Malaysia-Singapore co-production Homecoming (2011). His most recent film was the supernatural horror Bring Back The Dead (2015).

Vikram Channa

Vice President, Production and Development, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore

Vikram is responsible for the production of all original Discovery content out of Asia-Pacific. Based in Singapore, he works closely with Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific’s (DNAP) senior management and country heads to provide editorial direction. Vikram and his team produce approximately 100 hours of programming every year across DNAP’s portfolio of eight channel brands. He has a Masters in both History and Film and Television Production from New Delhi, India, and also holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA.

Wahyuni Hadi

Executive Director, Singapore International Film Festival

Wahyuni Hadi is a film producer, author and curator specializing in the management of film and media projects. She has spent a large part of her career creating platforms to launch the works of emerging film talents and strongly believes in setting the foundation for film literacy at a young age and creating the bridge for artists and audiences. In 2013, Hadi published and edited the book Behind the Camera and co-produced the film Ilo Ilo,winner of the Camera d’Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and Best Feature Film at 50th Golden Horse Awards. Hadi’s ties with the Festival and the Singapore arts scene go back a long way – in 2009, she was Festival Director of the 22nd instalment of SGIFF after serving as Festival Manager in 2008. She is also co-founder of the independent film distribution label Objectifs Films and was a senior programmer at The Substation, where she created milestone film.

Azman Mohamed

Colourist, Gravitate Pte Ltd

Azman Mohamed is an award winning colourist and musician. His love of visual arts and music in his early years as a performance artist, and a musician playing the ocarina, has inspired a career in post production of over 10 years. A journey which then led him from being an audio producer to a visual storyteller who brings images to life through colours. His work as a colourist extends across a broad range of genre from television commercials to documentaries and feature films. He feels privileged to have collaborated with some of Singapore’s acclaimed filmmakers like Boo Junfeng, Royston Tan, Wee Li Lin and Eric Khoo in bringing their story vision to fruition.

Kristin Saw

Assistant Director, Singapore Film Commission, Infocomm Media Development Authority

Kristin Saw has been with the Singapore Film Commission (SFC), part of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), since 2008. The SFC aims nurture, support, promote Singapore talent in filmmaking, the production of Singapore films and a film industry in Singapore. Prior to joining the SFC, she was a programme manager at an independent contemporary arts centre in Singapore, The Substation, where she curated independent films and organised events for the local film community. Her interest in Singapore films began when she was leading the nuSTUDIOS Film Productions student group at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Information & Communications Management (now known as Communications and New Media).

Tan Fong Cheng

Producer, Zhao Wei Films

Fong Cheng cut her teeth in the industry producing television commercials since 1995. She has worked with all manner of clients, from MNCs to governmental bodies. In 2001, she decided to concentrate on movies and came on board Zhao Wei Films. Since then, she has produced many of the company’s most noteworthy TV series as well as films including Khoo’s Be With Me and No Day Off, as well as Royston Tan’s 15 and 881. A crowning achievement for her was producing Eric Khoo’s My Magic, which was invited to compete in the prestigious Main Competition of the 61st Cannes Film Festival. Fong Cheng also produced Eric Khoo’s first animation feature film, Tatsumi, which was invited to the 64th Cannes Film Festival and made it’s North American premiere at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She recently produced Eric Khoo’s IN THE ROOM (40th Toronto International Festival, 20th Busan International Film Festival) and Boo Junfeng’s film Apprentice.

Daniel Yam

Creative Director

Daniel Yam is an award winning film director who loves to take his audience on a journey to discover humanity. Often heart warming and sentimental, his works champion the human spirit. His short films have been seen by over 280 million viewers worldwide. Daniel is one of the 4 directors in the feature film 4Love. He is now working on his second feature film, Wonder Boy, directing together with Dick Lee, Singapore’s best-known personalities in the music scene. When Daniel is invited to work on a project – to him it is like being given a magical key – a privilege and opportunity to open the hearts to his audience and unite them with a worthy cause. He serves the world with his work by gently reminding us with the potential of the human spirit.

Don Aravind

Independent TV/Film Director

Don Aravind directs primarily for television while pursuing his passion for cinema in his contribution to independent filmmaking. He has written and directed numerous short films which have been screened in various festivals. He is currently working on Singapore’s first daily English drama “Tanglin”.

David Lee

Vice Chairman, Singapore Film Society

David Lee has years of experience as a film programmer, reviewer and publicist, having curated various film festivals and programmes such as the Singapore Chinese Film Festival, SFS Talkies, Animation Nation, Singapore Writers Festival, SG Films@ Library, and community screenings for People’s Association. He has reviewed movies for Good Morning Singapore and contributed regular film articles and reviews to InSing.com. Being effectively bilingual, David has helped award winning Singaporean filmmakers such as Sun Koh and Kirsten Tan with the translation of their English scripts into Chinese. He was the first Programming Manager at Sinema Old School which supported the release of several local independent films.

Juan Foo

Independent Film Producer

For many, Juan Foo is candidly regarded as the filmmaker who is ‘still’ around doing independent work. He is a producer, educator and activist. Juan was a pioneer graduate of Singapore’s first film school and started off as freelance production crew. His past professional experiences include being a video editor, a journalist, a script reader and distribution assistant for a Japanese-UK film finance company. Juan was involved in Singapore’s pioneering independent features like ‘The Road Less Travelled’, ‘Return to Pontianak’, ‘Dirty Laundry and ‘Perth’. Interestingly, Juan was also trained in traditional cel animation and worked briefly in Japanese animation. Juan teaches at media institutions on subjects ranging from animation, filmmaking and producing. He also worked as a public servant in media training, talent development and content quality assessment. Juan is also active in U Creative, a community platform for the creative industry to network to share experiences and generate business.

Sufyan Sam’an

Director/Producer, The Flying Kick Asia

Sufyan Sam’an is a director and producer, currently at The Flying Kick Asia. He worked through the ranks in the industry, starting out as a Production Assistant on TVC and film sets. He has directed a web commercial for Audi’s latest A4 series titled Set The Pace and his maiden short film, Child, has won The Viewers’ Choice Award in Cathay Motion Picture Awards 2013. He also worked closely with renowned Singaporean film director, Royston Tan, during his stay at Chuan Pictures from 2008 till 2010, where he did assistant directing and produced many acclaimed works such as Ah Kong TVC for the Health Promotions Board and OKTO Channel’s much-hyped documentary Old Places. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the local film scene, working as a 1st Assistant Director on feature films such as David Hevey’s Durian King, Randy Ang’s 1965, Re:Solve and TV Dramas/ Telemovies such as Papa Rock and Curry Curry Christmas.